Rotoscope Announces October 27 EP Release
The upcoming EP release from Rotoscope conveys the angst that accompanies the exponential growth of technology. The fractured sounds of information from a broken society seductively swirl around a melodic motherboard representing a heavy digital disconnect. The Clean Lines EP is due out October 27, 2017. The first single, “Clean Lines” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.
At the heart of Rotoscope is Charlottesville-based musician John Athayde. The EP, which represents a heavy digital disconnect, was forged in the production-oriented alternative rock/electronica scene in DC with outside influences such as Brian Eno, Depeche Mode and Portishead. Athayde’s meticulous sound explorations evolve from their skeletal beginnings until they oscillate and brim with layers in a way reminiscent of Trent Reznor’s film scores with an added focus on melody and songcraft. It’s a combination of sweeping analog melodies that swell with crunching guitars and blended punctual vocal harmonies.
The title track, “Clean Lines” started as an instrumental concept to merge electronica and rock. Piano and orchestral scoring was replaced over time with more beeps, clicks, whirs and guitar samples to give it a more industrial feel consistent with the technological disconnect behind the EP. Much of the inspiration came from the quiet iridescent streetlights as Athayde would drive around DC in the middle of the night. It’s melody is an overdriven and energetic walk through a binary city just as the world begins to reset for another busy day.
Clean Lines EP Track Listing
- Clean Lines
- Fall At Your Feet
- In Your Eyes
Rotoscope began in the early 2000’s. The group released a single, “Watershed/All That’s Left,” and an EP, Vista Del Mar, before John joined the band Juniper Lane. Juniper Lane has opened up for Coldplay and was featured in Grammy.com. Rotoscope continued in the background before making a pronounced return in 2013. The upcoming EP, Clean Lines, is due out in October.